The LCU Mk.9 was built for use on the LPDs Fearless and Intrepid where they were operated from the dock in the rear of the ships.Each ship carried four LCUs and four davit mounted LCVPs. The Mk.9 was to see many changes and upgrades during its service including a move from propeller to jet in many cases.
The Mk.9 was capable of traveling as an ocean-going vessel and a number would be converted into a version, affectionately known as the “Black Pig”, for use in Norway. The crew had full living quarters aboard with galley and heads.
The opinion that the successful British amphibious operations during the Falklands War were only possible because of the two LPDs and their landing craft is well documented. The Mk.9, like the LPDs, served longer than ever anticipated, providing the backbone of Britain’s amphibious assault capabilities.